New York Giants countdown to camp: QB’s best and worse case scenarios

Eli Manning, Pat Shurmer, New York Giants. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Worst Case Scenario

Here’s where it gets ugly, and unfortunately the worst case scenario isn’t very hard to conceive of. It may be more likely to occur than the best case scenario.

The worst case scenario starts with a bad offensive line. Opposing defenses stack the box because Barkley is the only weapon Big Blue has. Worse, the line gets blitzed often and can’t handle it. Manning has no time to hit open receivers and is too slow to avoid hard contact as he gets hit often in games.

This leads to an early season-ending injury. Suddenly, Gettleman’s Plan A of following the “Green Bay model” goes out the window. He was counting on Manning being around to tutor Daniel Jones, but not only is Eli gone this year, but he is seriously considering retirement.

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The New York Giants would like to turn to Jones, but he hasn’t proven to the coaching staff that he is anywhere ready to step into this quagmire. Or even worse, he does come in and then promptly gets his head handed to him. Jones is seriously over his head. Not only has his learning curve stopped, but keeping him in the lineup is hurting his long-term development.

Therefore the winner of the Kyle Lauletta versus Alex Tanney training camp battle becomes the New York Giants starter. Most would expect a total fail here, and they would probably be accurate. That isn’t the worst case however.

Surprisingly, Lauletta or Tanney is able to pull the team together as the line begins to gel. The Giants offense actually looks good and they win some games, maybe six or seven.

Phone lines light up at local sports talk radio stations, once again questioning Gettleman’s decision to pick Jones sixth overall, especially when the defense needed an impact player. Not only are the fans all over the G.M., but he gets roasted in the media as well.

Now the Giants have a quarterback controversy, which helps no one. Jones becomes a pariah with the fan base because their worst fears about him were realized. They also have a general manager under fire for misreading his team and messing up a possible franchise-altering draft. Further, the G-Men will have played at a level where they failed to reach the playoffs, but were good enough to stay out of the bottom ten, and wind up with a mid-first-round pick in 2020.

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